Written on 04 December 2012.
The -La Tribune Women’s Awards- were created to acknowledge women’s professional achievements and positive contributions in business in France. The awards aim to honour women in the finance or economic arena whether they are executives, entrepreneurs or senior managers.
Marie-Laure, global head of project finance & credit at Alcatel-Lucent, received the 2012 Women’s Award in the finance category and also received the Grand Prix Allianz for the largest number of votes over all categories.
Marie-Laure is one of the women who have made decisive contributions to the development of major French exports over the last twenty years. After working in Japan as a financial analyst for Crédit Lyonnais, Marie-Laure began as a relationship manager at Citigroup, then at Coface, where, at the age of twenty-nine, she became head of project finance. At Coface, she spurred the development of a bold policy for such large French corporations as Alstom, Bouygues, EDF, Egis, Fives, Pechiney, Spie, Technip, Total, and Vinci. As a result of her work, Coface became one of the world’s three largest credit insurers in project finance. After her experience in banking and insurance, Marie-Laure began at one of her major clients, Alcatel CIT, as treasurer and head of sales financing. As of 2008, she has been at Alcatel-Lucent headquarters, where, as head of project finance and credit, she leads a solid team that rises to the challenges of ever-stiffer international competition with a great deal of dynamism.
“My major success is above all to have gotten different teams that I brought together and led to grow both individually and collectively, to get them to do more than they themselves thought possible in the implementation of internal transformations or the conclusion of major deals” says Marie-Laure.
Through her work and her recognition in the profession, as well as through her keen sense of the public interest, Marie-Laure makes a great contribution to the advancement of women in companies. A commitment shared by EDHEC as part of its initiatives in favour of gender parity.